Dr. Cassandra L. Reyes

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Title: Associate Professor
Location: 512 BPM Center
Email: CReyes@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2529


Dr. Reyes worked as a Probation Officer-Bilingual and a Senior Parole Officer-Bilingual for the State of New Jersey for approximately 10 years. In addition, she worked as a dispatcher for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Department for 3½ years and as a Correctional Officer at the Indiana County Jail for a short time before coming to West Chester University of Pennsylvania in August 2009. She has served the Criminal Justice Department as the Assessment (Assurance of Learning) Coordinator since 2010. In her spare time, Dr. Reyes loves spending time with her human and furry family members as well as advocating for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); the LGBTQIA Community; and for the protection of animals through social media platforms.

Education & Professional Certifications

B.A. in Spanish and Criminology (1992)
M.A. in Criminology (2004)
Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2009)

WCU Digital Learning Objects (2021)
WCU CAPC Distance Education Statement Renewal Activity (2020-2025)
WCU Quality Matters Certificate (2020)
WCU ET (Ethics) Course Design Workshop (2020)
Certificate Program in International Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute (2019)
HSUS 301: The Role of the Humane Society of the United States in the Animal Protection Movement with the Humane Society Academy (2018)
WCU Green Dot Faculty Member (2017)
WCU Brandywine Project (on Sustainability) (2016)
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ (ACJS) Academic Certification Reviewer Training (2016)
ACJS/SAGE Junior Faculty Development Teaching Award (2013)
New Jersey State Parole Officer Recruit Training graduate (1997)
New Jersey Police Training Commission graduate (1997)


Dr. Reyes co-edited the first two editions (third edition forthcoming in 2022) of Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding with Dr. Mary Brewster. Additional publications include Of Fists and Fangs: An exploration of the degree to which the Graduate Hypothesis predicts future adolescent delinquency and aggression. Additionally, she has published an article in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and has written several book chapters and encyclopedia entries. Her current research interests include animal cruelty, corrections, pedagogy, juvenile delinquency, theories of crime and delinquency, violence, and victimology.

Selected Professional Service

Dr. Reyes currently serves as the Region One Trustee, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; the President, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators; the Vice President, Fraternal Order of Police, New Jersey Bicentennial Lodge #76; a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader, The Humane Society of the United States; a Past President, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences; an Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF)-WCU State Delegate; a member of the Statewide APSCUF Nominations and Elections Committee; and a member of The Prison Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board. She has also served in numerous other positions in professional organizations throughout her time at WCU.

Dr. Reyes has also served as a manuscript reviewer for several publications such as the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Review, Criminology, Feminist Criminology, International Criminal Justice Reviews, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal JusticeThe Prison Journal, and Violence Against Women, and Sage Publications.

Selected University Service

As mentioned, Dr. Reyes currently serves as an APSCUF-State Delegate and has been a member of the LGBTQA Ally Program since 2009. She previously served as the APSCUF-WCU Legislative Committee Chair and a Criminal Justice Departmental Representative and other University-wide committees such as the New Faculty Orientation Committee, University Assessment Advisory Committee, Committee for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, the Student Leadership Project Team, and the Institutional Review Board as the Prisoner Advocate.

Classes Regularly Taught

Dr. Reyes regularly teaches the required courses of Corrections and Practicum. In addition, she created and has been regularly teaching the first known Animal Cruelty criminal justice elective course in the United States since 2010.



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